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Agriculture Case Study

O’Shea Farms 250kwp Solar Photovoltaic System

3cea helped generate renewable energy on O’Shea Farms by delivering on a targeted energy saving project.

Project Overview

Company name:

O’Shea Farms

Project actions:

Design, installation and commissioning of a 250kW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation for cold storage on site

Finance source:


Funding & Construction:

SEAI BEC 2015 programme

Grant amount:


Total project cost:


25-year savings:


Simple payback time:

8.5 years

With a large oil and fleet demand for manufacturing bulk GGBS (cement) at their plant in Kilkenny, O’Brien Cement management is concerned about promoting a sustainable energy practice while meeting its daily business objectives. However, after successfully installing their new burner and optimizing their manufacturing process the benefits and cost savings were clear.

The 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea), through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Better Energy Communities programme, is helping by administering state-wide funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Low Energy Lighting
Annual Energy Savings

210,000 kWh

Hgv Fuel Effeciency Funding South East Energy Agency Ireland
Annual Savings


Reduced Carbon Emissions South East Energy Agency
Annual C02 Savings

39 tonnes

IMPORTS BEFORE PROJECT 1,901,181kWh € 274,340 349 tonnes
IMPORTS AFTER PROJECT 1,692,051kWh € 247,153 310 tonnes
SAVINGS 210,000 kWh € 27,000 39 tonnes